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                    Board of Directors


Kemal Atkins, Ed.D.

Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges

Christina Hatch Ballard

Children's Trust of the Roanoke Valley    

Angie Collins


Jamia Crockett

Families Forward Virginia


Alex DerHovhannessian  


Rudy Garcia

Board Treasurer  

Global View Capital Advisors 

Stanley Jones, Ed.D.

Board Vice Chair

Stafford County Public Schools


Shannon Robshaw Keck

Community Advocate

Arezoo "Azy" Khanzadeh, Psy.D.

North Star Therapy PLLC 

Cynthia Morrow, MD

Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts

Patricia "Trish" O'Brien

Chip of South Hampton Roads


Jace Padden 

Friedman Law Firm PC   


Ashley Rogers

Chesterfield County 
Families First Program


Jim Seevers

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

Maria "Beth" Silsdorf  

Newport News Shipbuilding

Ed Speedling 

Newport Healthcare

John Thomas

Board Chair 


Roberta Tinch

Inova Mount Vernon Hospital


John West

Call Federal Credit Union


Laurel Aparicio, Director of Early Impact Virginia, former First Lady of Virginia Pamela Northam and former CEO Lisa Specter-Dunaway

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Jamia Crockett

Chief Executive Officer 

Jamia was already quite familiar with Families Forward before becoming CEO in February 2021, having earlier served on our Board of Directors as Treasurer. Most recently Jamia worked at Mary Washington Healthcare, and previously she worked in various health systems across both Virginia and North Carolina focused on Strategic Planning and Business Development with extensive experience in research and evaluation.

Jamia has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from William and Mary, and a Master’s in Health Administration from VCU. Jamia is also an adjunct professor in executive leadership skills at Virginia Commonwealth University.

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